Gary Haney / Extreme Endeavors: Super Tall Buildings

In this lecture, Gary Haney will provide an overview of both the history and future of “Super Tall” buildings (towers over 300 m tall) and SOM’s role in their development. He will address those elements of architectural history that are unique to tall building design and that touch on the economic and even psychological motivations for them. To illustrate these issues, Mr. Haney will discuss several SOM towers, including AlHamra (Kuwait), Burj Kahlifa, Tower One and others not yet published. He will also explore the role of tall buildings in the context of future megacities…are they problems or solutions?

Gary Haney is an award winning Design Partner at one of the world’s most prestigious architectural firms, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Mr. Haney has worked at SOM for over 27 years. He has designed and completed a broad range of office, hotel, governmental, residential and educational buildings internationally. He has produced work in China, Canada, Dubai, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. He has an expertise in tall buildings and sustainable design strategies. He serves on the advisory board of Northeastern University, Miami University, and Pratt University Schools of Architecture. He has previously taught at MIT, Miami University and Ball State University.

Northeastern University School of Architecture



Gary Haney increasingly employs an algorithmic approach to building design in which rule-based frameworks serve as the basis for exploring form in relation to its associated performance. His process incorporates extensive materials research, environmental simulations, and computational scripting to test and challenge the physical, structural, and programmatic parameters of a given project. This research-intensive, performance-driven approach has enabled him to design buildings of great scale and complexity including most recently the Al Rajhi Bank Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City; and the Al Sharq Tower in Dubai, which was honored with a Progressive Architecture award. Current projects include the BBVA Operations Center in Mexico City, and a state-of-the-art public safety answering center in New York City. Mr. Haney also designed the LEED®-certified U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland, which was recently awarded the merit award for architecture by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Haney has served on the advisory boards at Pratt Institute and Miami University Department of Architecture and Interior Design. He has also served as an architectural critic on juries at several universities including Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, Catholic University, University of Maryland, NJIT, North Carolina State University, and Florida A&M. In addition to these academic contributions, he has led design studios at MIT, Miami University, and Ball State University. His design work while at SOM has been extensively covered in the international press, and his drawings have been exhibited at Miami University of Ohio, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Building Museum. Mr. Haney is also a member of Board of the National Building Museum.

Mr. Haney holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree from Miami University of Ohio.




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